New Study Gives Bronson Hospitals A in Hospital Safety

July 10, 2012

Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital were both honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. Leapfrog’s information comes from two sources: its own surveys of hospitals that agree to participate, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s, Hospital Compare website. Leapfrog says that the way the scores are calculated does not disadvantage hospitals that don’t participate in Leapfrog’s survey.


“Bronson’s requirements for excellence are to provide safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient and family centered care to those we serve,” said Marijo Snyder, MD, vice president, system quality and medical staff development. “This ‘A’ confirms our work toward these requirements to be a national leader in healthcare quality. Our doctors, nurses and staff continue to raise the bar, remain vigilant for safety, and partner with patients and families to deliver high quality care using the latest evidence-based practices and technology. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score provides another tool for our communities to compare Bronson’s performance to others and challenge us all to do our best.”


“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”


To see scores for Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.


Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 


About Bronson Healthcare


Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed healthcare system headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  With 6,600 employees, more than 1,000 physicians, and 773 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer in Kalamazoo and the leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. Bronson offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is an innovative, award-winning organization that partners with patients and families to achieve an exceptional care experience.  Key member organizations include:  Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson Advanced Radiology Services, Bronson Home Health Care, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bronson Staffing Service, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center and the Bronson Health Foundation. 


For more information, visit bronsonhealth.com.


About The Leapfrog Group


The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.